Solutions

Indonesia’s plantation sector can – and must - make a genuine contribution to Indonesia’s development, rather than destroying the future for its people, its wildlife and the global climate on which we all depend.

Palm Oil

Greenpeace believes that palm oil can be produced responsibly. Palm oil production has been part of the livelihoods of local communities in Asia and Africa for decades, and can contribute both to economic development, while protecting forests and other ecosystems.

An example of this is the Dosan village on the Indonesian island of Sumatra. Palm oil producers, like the members of the Palm Oil Innovation Group, have shown that there is a business case for palm oil production that does not lead to forest destruction or violate the rights of local communities.

Greenpeace envisions palm oil production by local communities and industrial players that protects forests, and follows responsible agricultural practices while contributing to economic development and respecting the social, economic and cultural rights of local communities.

Pulp and Paper

Asia Pulp & Paper’s (APP) Forest Conservation Policy sets a model for the pulp and paper industry. In February 2013 Greenpeace suspended active campaigning against APP following the announcement of its  Forest Conservation Policy includes an immediate moratorium on all further forest clearance by all of its Indonesian suppliers while independent assessments are conducted to establish areas for protection.

If we are to turn the tide of forest destruction in Indonesia, we need many more companies to make commitments to end their role in deforestation. And we have to ensure that those companies that do make such commitments deliver on them.

Political Solutions

Greenpeace calls for permanent and full protection of forest and peatland, including a review concessions permits, governance and law enforcement, as well as the implementation of a responsible and just land-use planning system.

In May 2011, Indonesia introduced a two-year moratorium on permits for new concessions in primary forests and peatlands. While this moratorium was a welcome step in terms of the signals it sent, in practice most of the primary forests that it covers are already legally protected; the remainder are largely inaccessible and not under immediate threat of development.

More work needs to be done to harmonise spatial planning, develop sectoral policies and maps, as well as provide stronger law enforcement and mechanisms for resolving social conflicts.

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The latest updates

 

Illegal timber ban announced today

Feature Story | 9 December, 2010 at 10:00

The biggest names from Australia’s timber industry joined leading social justice and environment groups today to welcome the federal government’s announcement of new laws to ban illegal timber imports.

Burger King cancels palm oil contract with rainforest destroyer Sinar Mas

Feature Story | 8 September, 2010 at 15:02

Don't blink or you'll miss more exciting news from the fast-moving campaign to protect the last remaining ancient forests! Last week, after Greenpeace campaigned across the US, Burger King said it is in the process of cutting forest destroyer,...

Nestlé: Stop monkeying around with the rainforests

Feature Story | 22 April, 2010 at 8:00

Today, six Greenpeace activists dressed as orang-utans swung by Nestlé’s headquarters. They urged the global food giant to stop using palm oil from destroyed rainforests. Demand for palm oil is destroying Indonesia’s rainforests. It threatens...

Activists 'drop in' on Nestlé AGM

Feature Story | 16 April, 2010 at 8:00

Greenpeace activists dropped from the ceiling and unfurled two large banners directly over the heads of Nestlé shareholders today. They were at the multinational’s annual general meeting in Lausanne, Switzerland. Their aim: to get shareholders to...

Nestlé needs to give rainforests a break

Feature Story | 22 March, 2010 at 10:00

Need a break? Before you have one with a KitKat, watch this video – 'Have a break?' We need your help to get the rainforests a break from deforestation. To help you spread the word we’ve launched this video spoof.

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